Simon Says: Fashion Eyeglass Frames May Represent a Driving Risk

By Simon Fenn
In December 8, 2011
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I just bought new glasses and the arms are so thick I have to be extra careful checking my blind spot whilst driving.

Hello everyone –
This is a far less technical blog than what you may be used to from me. According to 64.2% of Canadians wear eyeglasses. It looks like I’m in great company. We should hold a convention, it’d be a spectacle!
Recently I noticed that I was tilting my head at various angles so I could see around the scratches on my glasses. Being in a sales and marketing role and inherently self conscious about my appearance, I decided to embark on purchasing new eyeglasses.

Well to cut a long story short I purchased two pairs. Unlike my battered and worn steel frames, I purchased more solid plastic “fashionable” executive frames. I was very happy indeed as I looked very important all of a sudden….in my own mind.

As many of you have probably experienced, frames today come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and the frames are of varying thickness’s with almost thin wire “arms” or to be correct ”eyeglass frame temples”, to sometimes over one inch eyeglass frame temples.

Many of us among the 64.2% like the up to date look, so we have purchased the wider eyeglass frame temples.
I was driving my son to his daily swim this morning and almost hit a car as I changed to the right hand lane. I had completed a shoulder check but my very fashionable executive eyeglass frame temples totally blocked my view of the blind spot, an ironic name considering the circumstances and the cause of my error. Thankfully I noticed my error and was clearly reminded by the blaring horn of the passing vehicle, an unpleasant experience especially at 5:00AM.

So, recognizing Benjamin Franklin’s oft quoted ”an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, and being in the business of risk management, I thought I’d share this with you my bespectacled fellow Canadians in the hope that in the future when driving, crossing the road or in any situation where you have to look left, right or over your shoulders for the all clear, just remember to tilt your head slightly so you look UNDER or OVER your own eyeglass frame temples. This odd birdlike motion may look strange and will certainly attract attention to you, but may in fact prevent a day in hospital, or an even worse fate.
Have a safe day!

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